Lately, we’ve had a few comments from our viewers commenting on how (my–>) Martina’s skin looks so smooth in our videos. The truth is, I can thank Korea’s infamous BB Cream for my seemingly perfect skin. I decided it was time to let the cat out of the bag, and tell everyone about this awesome product. My secret is out! NOOOOoOOOoOOOOooooOOO!!

BB Cream stands for Blemish Base or Blemish Balm and supposedly it was originally created by dermatologists for laser surgery patients, but since then has been reformulated by various makeup producers in Korea. BB Cream is like a foundation + concealer + sunblock + acne cream + scar cover-up + fountain of youth mashed into one awesome product that feels like a light lotion.

BB Cream Precious Mineral All Day Strong

Martina's Favorite BB Cream

To begin with, I should say that I was not a foundation or concealer wearer in Canada. I didn’t like how heavy it was, how fake it sometimes looked, or how easily it rubbed off. BB Cream is totally UNLIKE these products. I first tried BB cream as a free sample and I thought it was just sunblock. When I used it, I realized it was much thinner than sunblock and it made my skin look awesomely smooth.

After juicing that tiny BB Cream sample package to the last drop, I decided to bite the bullet and buy my own bottle. It was time to be overwhelmed. There are a million brands of BB Cream and I had no idea the difference between them. Just to name a few popular Korean skin care brands:

Aritaum // DR. Jart + // Etude House // Hanskin // Holika Holika // Innisfree // IPKN New York // Missha // Nature Republic // Skin Food // Skin79 // The Face Shop

My personal favourite has come to be Etude House “Precious Mineral: All Day Strong SPF 30/PA++ Sheer Glowing Skin” which matches my skin tone the best, and it’s also a lighter formula, which means it doesn’t act like a concealer as much as others, and it feels just like a really light face cream.

Now, there are tons and tons of different kinds of BB Cream, with loads of different offshoots and varieties, all made for different kinds of skin. Surely, with all the options out there, you can find one that will suit you best. And so, if you’re looking to buy BB Cream, I would suggest going over the following checklist to narrow down your search before you decide to buy one:

1. Do I want a matte or shiny (aka “glowy” or “dewy”) look?
2. Do I have normal, dry, oily, or combination skin?
3. What colour is my skin tone (very fair, fair, normal, dark)?
4. Do I want: light or heavy coverage? sunblock? oil control? moisture? brightening?

If you find the right BB Cream you will be blown away because it can actually help clear up acne prone skin, improve oily skin, and cover-up scarring. When I leave Korea I’ll be sure to fill my suitcase with my favourite BB Cream. In the words of Simon: SHAAAZZZAAAMMMMM! *^_^* Anyhow, if you’re looking to buy some online, and know what kind you’re looking for, you might be able to buy it here. They ship internationally :D

  1. Thank you for introducing me to the wonderful world of bb creams!! I had a bit of an amazon.com binge and got several different brands to try out. I've been using Skin79's pink for a few days and already noticed a difference in my skin quality! It blends really nicely and evens out my skin without really looking like I have makeup on. My skin tends to be cranky about new products, and I live somewhere that is very hot and humid, but so far no breakouts and no sweat streaks! Onward to Skin79's gold, Missha, and Etude House! Hooray BB Cream! I look forward to our future together!

  2. Cool! Thanks for the info! We also posted a link at the end of this post for where else you can buy BB Cream. They ship overseas as well.

  3. For this week, no. In the future? Maybe.

  4. Simon: Do you ever wear BB cream (like a man)?

  5. Martina!! hehe I have a question!!
    Would you say that the Etude house blends into pink undertones?? I heard that it oxidizes after you wear it for around 20 minutes, but I'm not sure. Does it have good oil control?? I need the oil control the most because my highschool is EXTREMELY athletic. hehe oh!! And I'm Canadian too^^ hehe thanks for telling us about BB creams!! ^^

  6. Awesome! I just got the same stuff from Etude House on Sunday. I look fabulous. So much better than my L'oreal true match.

  7. I have been introduced to BB cream within the past year or so – and as Martina had mentioned – it really is an amazing product. I've tried concealers, foundations, powders, (and on and on..) – and none of them really helped with my breakout prone skin. Most other products seemed to just cover up the problems and even more frustrating, cause more breakouts – but BB cream really does seem to help clear up my skin and even out my skin tone.
    I actually first heard about BB creams from a 'We Got Married' episode I was watching late one night, whilst procrastinating on some college paper I was supposed to be doing ^_^ – and my general sense of curiosity lead from one thing to another, and I here I am today, a proud user of BB cream and absolutely loving it!
    BUT a SERIOUS warning for those you might consider buying BB cream online – I felt that I have to include this warning because I have experienced it already. Be VERY wary of secondhand sellers selling branded BB cream. Since it is so popular in Korean and Asia, there are a lot of fakes out there – BB creams in containers that look just like the top brands, however what some sellers do is they copy the packaging, fill it up with who knows what junk, and then sell it off as the real deal. It makes me cringe to think of what kind of junk can be found in some… :(
    My first experience with BB cream I suspect was just that – I had bought a small tube off of an online second hand seller – at that time I did not know any better and was just glad to find some BB cream that wasn't so expensive – and after two weeks of using it, my skin became so awful. It was so frustrating and upsetting – but after a little more research and saving, I resolved to buy the real deal, from an actual us version company website of a Korean cosmetic brand.
    Its been several months now – and I fully now understand how great BB creams are – the one I currently use is the real deal and I absolutely love it!
    So – thank you Martina for this video and for those who are looking to purchase BB creams online, be smart and make sure you do research! :)

  8. Haha, one of my (GUY!) friends brought me that JYJ one from Korea recently. x)
    Aww, and Martina, you are gorgeous~. ^o^ Totally good review!

  9. Ohhh it's interesting ^^

  10. I feel like you read my mind. :D First time I saw this blog was on Arirang in January. Two weeks ago I started watching your videos, which I found entertaining and interesting as well as informative about Korea and had a random thought if you would also do a video about the beauty care in Korea…. 1 week later I read an announcement you'll be doing a video. :D
    I got my first BB cream in January as well as other products online and I'm loving them so far. :D :D :D

  11. Can you do a review on My Beauty Diary Mask and maybe on cosmetic brands like vov.vov, clio, mac??? =)

  12. The darkest I've seen a bb cream come in is Missha's #31 ("golden beige") in the Perfect Cover line. Their website says it's geared for women with a skin tone closer to latinas and filipinas. I personally haven't seen anything darker, but hopefully Martina may have seen something ><

  13. Face masks are incredibly cheap: from $0.60 – $2.00 depending on what's in them.
    Truthfully, I couldn't recommend a brand or type because it depends on what you want.
    I know a few that I tried:

    Egg: Tightening/peels off dry skin (but not for people with dry skin)
    Charcoal: for blackheads/big pores
    Clay: for oily skin
    Seaweed: extra vitamins/firming/moisture
    Avacado/Honey: for dry skin
    Strawberry: prevents/drys out acne

    Hope this helps!

  14. How would I search to get any? I've known about it for months but never knew I could buy it online somewhere… I have a little bit of oily skin (but pretty normal), and am very fare, but I'd like to have it be shiny… And all I want it to do is make it look like I don't have pimples… What should I do from here? I kinda would like the one that SHINee did in a CF but that was so long ago, I doubt they have it anymore. Thank you so much for giving information on BB cream, Martina!!

    • A lot of people said they bought their BB Cream from ebay so that the prices weren't jacked up. Do you have a Koreatown in your neighbourhood? They would FOR SURE sell some BB Cream. Also, if you search google for BB Cream reviews, there are sites that review the cream based on your skin type. That way you can be sure you're buying the right one. Good luck!!!

  15. Love this! I never wear make-up either, but have always wanted to try a good BB cream. (I tried one from Japan once, but it was a cheap-o and didn't match my skin tone = fail). Can't wait until I'm in Korea in 2 months, I'll try Etude based on your recommendation! (In my mind it always seems like BB Cream = good for acne, but I'll trust you)

  16. Thank you so much for the review guys, a new addition on my shopping list for my april korea trip! etude house is a really cute brand and they have lots of interesting product. i've always been curious about their lash growth serum (or whatever it's called) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dXGjOnEE9Dw this is the commercial for it, i'm really curious about this product! by the way is it me or do i keep seeing SHINee hrahhrah XDD

  17. aww, now i really want it.
    too bad i live in canada, it'd be impossible for me… *cries*

  18. Weird..I just heard of BB cream yesterday & now you guys reviewed it. Cool!

    This wouldn't be exactly the same as reviewing a product, but Martina, I think you should get your nails done & show everyone the amazing and weird designs that are available out there. I got my nails done for the first time ever in Seoul yesterday & the whole experience was pretty cool…do it!!

  19. I have noticed that some idols refer to face masks or packs that they wear at night. I was wondering if you had tried one and if they worked or helped at all. What if you move around when you sleep, does it get on your pillow?

    • I've used a lot of face packs in Korea and they're awesome. I don't know how they wear it to sleep (my pillow would be disgusting) but I know a lot of Koreans sleep on their back and on really firm long rectangular tubey pillows (almost made of foam or grain). Maybe that's how they do it?

  20. I've always wanted to know is there BB cream for people of different ethnicities of people with darker skin tones?

  21. Well, they're advertised for men as well. I don't have any experience with the men's products myself, though, so I can't say.

  22. Hi!!
    Do they have BB cream for caramel skin colour or darker?
    I'm really interested in trying it

    • If you have darker skin, you can always try Missha's Perfect Cover BB Cream in shade 31. Just google it and you should find their website. If you can't find any BB creams that suit your skin tone, you can also buy a tinted moisturizer that's a little bit darker than your normal shade and mix it with the BB cream before applying.

  23. I know! I was disappointed with the other BB cream I bought because I looked like a Twilight vampire, but on the plus side, it is a little more moist so in the dry winter time it is better to use. But I do to use powder to tone down the reflective nature of it…tee hee. *high five for being pale*

  24. You know, I used to wear coverup last year because of my blemishes but I didn't really like wearing it because it felt so thick on my skin and it made my skin even worse. Now, I prefer wearing mineral makeup and I actually found one called Wet N Wild natural blend mineral foundation and it actually covers pretty well and stays on all day. I bought it for about 5$ in the U.S. Oh, I actually heard about BB cream a while ago and I searched and found this website that sells BB cream that's not that expensive. Here's the website.. .http://www.bestfromkorean.com/index.html I'm not sure what countries can order from this website but it's worth a try. One question that I have, though, is, "Does BB cream feel thick on your skin?" I hate when makeup feels like it's caked on.

    • NO! BB Cream is totally like a thin light lotion. Plus, it was designed for those with acne problems, so I think you would love BB Cream I really can't stand any foundation, because I know the caked on feeling you're talking about. If you buy any, make sure you choose one that would match your skin type (normal, dry, oily, combo) so that it doesn't create any acne problems. :D

  25. BB cream is awesome..
    I am living in the States.. but I always ask my mom to send me BB cream in mails.. :D

  26. I absolutely adore bb cream. I use Missha's Perfect Cover #13 and Isa Knox's bb cream too. Skin 79's pink label is really nice too! Dr Jart and Hanskin's BB creams are VERY grey and don't look good for us whities :|.

  27. Now i wish i'd gotten a BB cream from Etude House instead of Skin food…

  28. Ooh…. I want it now. Thank God we have Etude and Face Shop at the mall here.

  29. i was about to ask what on earth BB cream was, then i scrolled further. hmmmm… this stuff looks promising. i wonder if they have anything that would match the skin tone "vampire" because i am freakishly fair skinned and most western concealers are too dark for my skin tone.

  30. I am buying this stuff today!

  31. I was wondering what BB cream was! Too bad it's not available in the western world. I also never wear makeup cause my skin tends to be oily and will break out even more if I put makeup on. I really want some BB cream now! hehe.

    • I just saw some today!! I'm in California so we have our little K-towns and J-towns which you might not have wherever you are… but I was in San Gabriel and I saw an ad for BB cream in a shop window and was like WUT… coincidence?
      Obviously it's gonna be more expensive once imported but if you wanna test it on your face before buying it might be worth it to do some online research to see if you can find an Asian cosmetics store in your area! :]

    • BB Cream is available online, but it's hella expensive and supposedly not as good as what you can find in the shops here :(

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